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Research Group Leaders


Brooks H. Pate

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry

University of Virginia

Eric Herbst

Distinguished University Professor, Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy

University of Virginia

Thomas F. Gallagher

Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics

University of Virginia

Philip R. Jewell

Deputy Director

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

Kevin K. Lehmann

Professor of Chemistry and Physics

University of Virginia

Anthony J. Remijan

Assistant Scientist/Manager- Observatory Science Operations

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

John T. Yates Jr.

Professor of Chemistry and Shannon Fellow

University of Virginia



V. Bierbaum. "TBD," CCU Lecture Series, May 2011.

J. Bowman. "TBD," CCU Lecture Series, April 2011.

B. Pate. "Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy for Reaction Dynamics and Interstellar Chemistry," Chemical Physics Seminar, CalTech, April, 2011

S. Widicus Weaver. "Testing the Limits of Complex Organic Chemistry in the Interstellar Medium," CCU Lecture Series, March 2011.

A. Remijan. "Pre-biotic Molecules between the Stars," Naval Research Laboratory, March 2011.

S. Widicus Weaver. Bradley Observatory "Astronomy Since Galileo" Open House Series, Agnes Scott College, February 2011

E. Herbst. “Ion Processes in Interstellar Plasmas,” Annual Meeting of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the Royal Chemical Society and Royal Astronomical Society,  Eindhoven, Netherlands, January 2011.

J. Yates. "Surface Processes and the Formation of Molecules in the ISM," CCU Lecture Series, December 2010 & NIST, January 2011.

S. Widicus Weaver. Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Science Colloquium, December 2010.

S. Widicus Weaver. New College Florida Science Colloquium, November 19, 2010.

E. Herbst. “Laboratory Astrochemistry,”  NASA LAW Meeting, Tennessee, October 2010.

A. Remijan. "A Dedicated Effort to Investigate the Formation of Chemistry of C3H2O Isomers in the ISM," ESO Colloquium, Santiago, Chile, September  2010.

E. Herbst and E. Roueff "Dissociative recombination and electron attachment in regions of star formation," Dissociative Recombination Reactions, Tahoe City, California, August 2010.

A. L. Steber, J. L. Neill, M. T. Muckle, B. H. Pate, D. F. Plusquellic, V. Lattanzi, S. Spezzano, and M. C. McCarthy,"Strategies For Complex Mixture Analysis In Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy," Talk TC10, 65th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Columbus, OH, June 2010.

M. McCarthy, "Recent Advances in Astrochemistry: Molecular Ions in the Laboratory and in Space," 65th Ohio State International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Columbus, OH,  June 2010.

E. Herbst. “Chemical Simulations of Star-forming Regions,” The Chemical Cosmos, international meeting, Boppard, Germany, May 2010.

E. Herbst. “The Best is Yet to Be:  New Models of Regions of Stellar and Planetary Formation,” Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, April 2010.

E. Herbst. “Association and Attachment Reactions”, Solvay Congress, Brussels, Belgium, April 2010 (cancelled due to volcanic ash).

E. Herbst. “Current Status of Chemical Models of Interstellar Sources,” American Chemical Society, National Meeting, San Francisco, March 2010.

B. Pate. "Coherent Broadband Microwave Spectroscopy," American Physical Society March Meeting 2010.

S. Widicus Weaver "Complex Organic Chemistry in Interstellar Ices." Southeast Laboratory Astrophysics Community (SELAC) Workshop on Dust and Ice: Their Roles in Astrophysical Environments, March 2010.

S. Widicus Weaver "Testing the limits of complex organic chemistry in the interstellar medium." 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, March  2010.

E. Herbst. “The Best is Yet to Be:  New Models of Regions of Stellar and Planetary Formation,” Department of Chemistry, Emory University, February 2010

J. Yates. "Surface Chemistry-An Engine of Modern Technology Also at Work Amongst the Stars," University Distinguished Lecturer-Kansas State University, February, 2010.

A.  Remijan. "Laboratory and Possible Interstellar Detection of trans-Methyl Formate," "Astrochemistry at High Resolution" Conference, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Manchester, UK, January  2010.

V. Wakelam, I. W. M. Smith, E. Herbst, et al. "Reactions Networks for Interstellar Chemical Modelling: Improvements and Challenges," International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland published online in Space Science Reviews, 2010.

B. Pate. "Analytical Chemistry at the Center of the Galaxy," 2009 Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition, November 2009.

E. Herbst. “Positive and Negative Molecular Ions Throughout the Universe,” 25th Asilomar Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Asilomar, CA, October 2009.

E. Herbst. “Chemical Modeling in the ALMA Era,”  International Conference on Data Needs for ALMA, Cologne, Germany, October 2009.

M. McCarthy, "Recent Advances in Astrochemistry," Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, October 2009.

A. Remijan. "Laboratory and Possible Interstellar Detection of trans-Methyl Formate," ESO Colloquium, Santiago, Chile, October 2009.

J. Yates. "Surface Chemistry- An Engine of Modern Technology Also at Work Amongst the Stars," Science for the Future- A World Class Summit, City University of Hong Kong, October 2009.

B. Pate. "Chemistry in the Interstellar Medium," JMU Chemistry Department September 2009.

E. Herbst. “The Current Status of Chemical Networks for Simulating Interstellar Chemistry,” keynote speaker, IUPAC Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, August 2009.

B. Pate. "Chemistry in the Interstellar Medium," UVA Chemistry Department August 2009.

E. Herbst. “The Chemistry of Stellar and Planetary Formation,” International Symposium on Free Radicals, Savonlinna, Finland, July 2009.

E. Herbst. “It’s a Dusty Universe:  Surface Science on Small Interstellar Particles,” 2009 Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Meeting, Snowbird, Utah, July 2009.

A. Remijan. "Astrochemistry in the New Millennium: Centers, Surveys and Databases," NIST, Optical Technology Division, April 2009.

E. Herbst. “Negative Ions in Space: What They Are Telling us,” conference in honor of Prof. Tom Phillips, California Institute of Technology, February 2009.

E. Herbst. “Important Chemical Reactions,” Astrophysical Chemistry Group, Royal Societies of Chemistry and Astronomy, meeting, London, UK, January 2009.